2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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$26,000

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Key specs

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Overview

The good:

  • Available 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Standard backup camera
  • Fuel economy
  • Electric-only cruising up to 75 mph
  • Flat trunk floor
  • Quiet ride

The bad:

  • Responsiveness in Eco mode
  • Regenerative braking feel
  • Price premium over regular Sonata

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 40-mpg combined EPA fuel economy rating
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity now standard
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system now standard
  • Unique exterior styling
  • Enhanced color instrument panel display
  • Forward collision warning available

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the plug-in-hybrid version of the Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan (covered separately) that competes with the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid differentiates itself from the gas model with unique wheels, a larger grille and different headlights, taillights and bumpers. It comes in two trim level configurations: SE and Limited.

What's New on the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

For 2017, Hyundai added standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity to the Sonata Hybrid. A 7-inch touchscreen is also standard for 2017, and HD radio and the latest version of Hyundai's Blue Link are also now available.

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Compare to Other Sedans?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes in at a lower base price ($26,825) than its mid-size hybrid sedan competitors – the Accord Hybrid ($30,125), Fusion Hybrid ($27,400) and Camry Hybrid ($27,625). 

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata gas model won Cars.com's $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge thanks to its comfort, refinement and overall value when compared with other sedans. The Sonata Hybrid boasts those same winning features with enhanced fuel economy, making it a top competitor in its class.

What Features in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Are Most Important?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid boasts a 40-mpg combined EPA fuel-economy rating. It achieves these ratings with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with an integrated 38-kilowatt electric motor -powered by a standard lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The total system output of this hybrid sedan is 193 horsepower, and it comes with front-wheel drive.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also comes standard with keyless access with push-button start, LED daytime running lights and taillights, a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen and hands-free trunk opening. As is required for all new cars, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, a panoramic moonroof, a navigation system and 60/40-split folding rear seats.

Should I Buy the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a lot of great features that make it worth a test drive for those looking for an efficient sedan, starting with its fuel economy and electric-only cruising up to 75 mph. Features like a standard backup camera, an available 60/40-split folding backseat and a flat trunk floor will likely appeal to drivers looking for a versatile mid-size sedan. 

The price difference between the 2017 Hyundai Sonata gas model and hybrid model is notable, which may influence your decision if cost is a factor. Those who look for a smooth drive may notice the responsiveness of the Sonata Hybrid isn't great in Eco mode, and the feel of the regenerative braking system is awkward.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Nicest Car I've ever Owned

This car is super nice and affordable. You get the best features, great gas mileage, and beautiful interior. For the cost of this car no other brand even comes close to offering all the features Hyundai offers in this price point.

4.4

Easy Ride, Quiet and Comfortable, But...

I love love love this car. It is smooth and sleek. Seats are comfortable, switching between ECO, Sport, and Regular is quick. Gas mileage goes between 35 and 42 MPG. The lights are great, the moon/sun roof has perfect views and creates great airflow. There is lots of leg room and places to put things. I am not a fan of the only way to open the back seat into the trunk is through the trunk. I wish there was a way to access from inside the car, although I do like that it offers extra security for the trunk contents. My HEV system went out one year after driving the vehicle and now 15 months later it went out again. The car gives a warning that there is an issue and to turn off the engine, if you do not turn it off it will turn off by itself. I was not impressed with Bluelink services from the car mirror. I have attempted to use it a couple of times and they could not schedule maintenance and this time because the car power cut off I lost connection. When I reconnected as soon as I got a representative I lost signal. Not impressed when I am stranded on the side of the highway.

4.9

Blue crew

I love my Hyundai hybrid great has mileage and plenty of room in the spacious interior. Super quiet cab for a comfortable ride . The keyless fob adds ease of entering the vehicle and starting

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